Melodie Muses On A Troublesome First Name & What Became Of The Cat

Penny Grubb
Flint and Steel
Published in
3 min readJul 18, 2022

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Image from Killing O’Carolan reproduced with permission from Fantastic Books Publishing

Killing O’Carolan by Walt Pilcher is an entertaining romp, light-hearted crime, suitable for all ages. Adult readers might get the rich vein of parody better than younger readers, and the latter might fall about more hysterically than the former at the slapstick. I loved it from all angles, but then I’m just an avatar.

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There are good folk and bad folk in this book, but hero Mark Fairley has his work cut out because — just as in real life — villains don’t come with labels any more than good people do. And when someone comes with a label, that’s the time to get suspicious and assume the label’s wrong.

What became of the cat?

This book also includes a mystery weapon, and one thing that’s clear from the start is that one of the bad people has been using it. What we find out later is that the bad guy who first got his hands on the mystery weapon is not only really really bad, but also not very bright. The fool tries out the weapon on himself. It isn’t a great move, so then he displays his irredeemable badness by trying it out on a stray cat. The cat goes berserk and runs away and that’s the last we see…

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Penny Grubb
Flint and Steel

An award-winning crime novelist & long-time amateur poultry keeper, who specialised in teaching methods, healthcare & software engineering as an academic.